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PRAYER / Lenten Reflection 2005

Saturday, March 5, 2005

Beautiful images of creation are presented in scripture as gifts of God and as our Creator’s way of expressing faithful love for us. Then a gospel story of two men is presented to those who are righteous and not well liked in the community. Do I see myself like the man who boasted about his accomplishments? Do I pray in quiet for mercy because I don’t always get it right; I neglect those who need my voice to speak for them in the halls of government, I don’t bother to visit those who are lonely or in trouble, or I don’t lend a hand when it would be useful to someone else.

God of humility, help me to see myself as I truly am; humility is truth. I must not focus on how well I’m doing or consider myself better than others. Let me recognize my talents and accomplishments as gifts from God. May I also see my limitations and shortcomings as part of my life? When I become inflated with pride in my accomplishments, please be merciful and compassionate with me, O God of humility. When I fail to love you, those close to me, and my neighbors from other cultures and faiths, be merciful and compassionate toward me, O God of all Nations.

Contributor: Sister Ethel Howley

Last updated: Sunday, 20 February, 2005 0:00 AM

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